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RNews Digest: 21 October 2019

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News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.

Grinspun: Clamp down on the sale and promotion of vaping products
Ottawa Citizen, Doris Grinspun, 30 September 2019
Canadian health authorities are waking up to a public health crisis that threatens the health of children and youth. It’s the result of growing use of e-cigarettes—or vaping, as it is commonly known.

What keeps black women nurses out of leadership roles?
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 4 October 2019
After noticing black women were not well-represented in academic leadership, one researcher was prompted to study what influences can impact black women from securing leadership roles.

Answering the call: The role of nurses in addressing suicide prevention and mental health
DailyNurse (Blog), Wanda Montalvo, 25 September 2019
Nurses are a critical workforce in helping form additional mental health training and infrastructure, which can expand access across the breadth of patient care from hospitals and primary care to communities and school-based health. 

It's the moments that matter
AJN, Maureen Shawn Kennedy, October 2019
What we as nurses may consider a passing moment in the course of our day might very well be a pivotal life event. Since we interact with people in what are often major life events, it's understandable that many of our interactions can have a profound effect. As a result, we must choose our words—and actions—carefully.

Evidence builds for better hospital staffing saves lives
NurseZone, Debra Wood, October 2019
For more than a decade, nurse researchers have recognized that low registered-nurse staffing presents risks for patient outcomes and death. Now, a new study confirms the relationship between poor nurse staffing and mortality but also found the danger if the unit has low nurse support staffing. 

UNFPA supports innovation in midwifery through digital technology and stronger policy strategies
UNFPA Rwanda, Mathias Gakwerere, 17 October 2019
The overall goal of the new global midwifery strategy is simple and cannot be compromised on: “No woman should die while giving life.” The strategy calls for a renewed partnership among stakeholders to ensure its implementation given that midwives remain at the forefront of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals targets on maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health.

Disaster nursing key to emergency care during and after hurricanes, Lisette Hilton, 23 September 2019
Nurses are needed on response teams. Those who want to get involved in disaster nursing should sign up with an agency, be vetted, and go through training long before a disaster hits. They need to be healthy and fit because nothing is simple in a disaster situation.

To achieve universal healthcare, invest in nurses and midwives
New Security Beat, Sydnee Logan and Ann LoLordo, 10 October 2019
Nurses and midwives are a critical link for people around the world to be able to access primary care. Representing 50% of the global health workforce, they deliver 80% of healthcare in developing nations.   

In Yemen, one nurse’s fight against hunger
The New Humanitarian, Francesca Mannocchi, 11 September 2019
Makiah al-Aslami, a nurse who runs a malnutrition clinic in Aslam, Yemen, says that by the time many people reach her clinic, they are already at an advanced stage of malnutrition and require aggressive, fast, and sustained treatment. They can’t always be helped.

The compassion connection in cancer care
Oncology Nursing News, Debi Boyle, 1 October 2019
I have always wondered about the varying degrees of compassion I have observed at the bedside over the decades. Why are some of us so virtuous in our caring and others so distant and disconnected? Where does compassion come from anyway?

Healthy aging: Is nursing taking a toll on your health?
Scrubs, 14 October 2019
The challenges of working as a nurse may be rewarding, but they can also affect your physical and mental health. Nurses often suffer from joint and muscle pain, lasting stress, fatigue, and even anxiety and depression. RNL

Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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